Diagnosing Meningitis

This information is useful for children and adults

Meningitis is a complicated disorder that can be caused by a variety of pathogens, and yet the symptoms may be the same. Some of these include a headache, sensitivity to light, neck stiffness, a fever, or even altered mental status. David Peaper, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of laboratory medicine at Yale School of Medicine and director of the Virology Reference Laboratory and Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at Yale New Haven Hospital explains that pathologists can now take a sample of a patient’s spinal fluid and run a molecular analysis to determine and treat the exact strain of meningitis.